Magical Butterflies

Butterflies are an important part of the healing experience here at Mott Children’s Hospital.  We celebrate the beauty of butterflies in our butterfly garden, through butterfly crafts in our children’s programs, and through butterfly learning activities.

These balancing butterfly crafts are a fun way to be creative, with the added bonus of a magical floating butterfly effect!

What you’ll need:

  • Pennies – at least two per butterfly
  • Card stock
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Sticky tape


  • Print one (or more) butterfly template and decorate your butterfly with colored pencils, crayons or markers.
  • Use a glue stick to glue the template to card stock.
  • Cut the butterfly template out.
  • Use tape to attach coins to the underside of each butterfly on the tips of the top of the wings.  Depending on the weight of your card stock, one penny at the top of each wing may be enough.  For larger butterflies or heavier card stock, you may need several pennies or a heavier coin. 
  • Try balancing your butterfly from the center on different things – your finger, the top of a chair, an empty cup.  See how many butterflies you can balance at once!

This activity was inspired by a post from

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